Shelving Locations and Call Numbers

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Shelving Locations | Art Call Numbers | Other Locations

Shelving Locations

Books and serials in the Art Library collection are shelved in the Martin Reading Room according to size and Dewey Decimal classification numbers. There are three Dewey Decimal call-number sequences for differently sized books: Regular, Large (L), and Folio (F).

Regular-sized books and serials (smaller than 27 cm) are housed in the bookshelves built into the walls along the perimeter of the room. The Dewey call number sequence begins to the right of the reference desk as you look at it from the entrance to the room, and then follows the perimeter of the room, including both alcoves, clockwise to end at the left side of the desk.

Large art books and serials (27 - 35 cm high or wide, marked "L" or "Large" in front of the call number) are housed on the free-standing shelves on both sides of the Martin Reading Room and in the alcoves. The Dewey call number sequence begins in the northwest corner of the far north alcove (to the right of the reference desk as you look at it from the entrance of the room), then continues to the shelves in the center of the room to the right (north) of the desk, the shelves in the center of the room to the left (south) of the desk, and finally ends in the far south alcove. They continue on the left side of the Martin Reading Room and into the south alcove.

Folio-sized art books and serials (larger than 35 cm, marked "F" or "Folio" in front of the call number) are housed in the south alcove, to the left of the reference desk as you look at it from the entrance to the room.

Books and serials in the Architecture Library collection collection are shelved in the Architecture Reading Room according to size. There are three Dewey Decimal call number sequences for differently sized books: Regular, Large (L), and Folio (F).

Art and Architecture Reference books are located to the right of the reference desk in the Martin Reading Room, and on the low shelves along the west wall in the Architecture Reading Room.

As of 2014-2015, new materials are being classified with Library of Congress (LC) call numbers instead of Dewey Decimal numbers. New books with Library of Congress call numbers are housed on separate shelves -- look for the orange circle signs that say "Library of Congress" in the Martin Reading Room and the Architecture Reading Room.

Please ask at the reference desk in the Martin Reading Room if you need assistance.

Art Call Numbers in Dewey

700 The Arts - Fine and Decorative Arts
701 Philosophy of fine and decorative arts
702 Miscellany of fine and decorative arts
703 Dictionaries of fine and decorative arts
704 Special topics of fine and decorative arts
705 Serial publications of fine and decorative arts
706 Organizations and management
707 Education, research, related topics
708 Galleries, museums, private collections
709 Historical, geographic, persons treatment
710 Civic and Landscape Art
711 Area planning (Civic art)
712 Landscape architecture
713 Landscape architecture of traffic ways
714 Water features
715 Woody plants
716 Herbaceous plants
717 Structures in landscape architecture
718 Landscape design of cemeteries
719 Natural landscapes
720 Architecture
721 Architectural structure
722 Architecture to ca. 300 AD
723 Architecture from ca. 300 to 1399 AD
724 Architecture from 1400 AD
725 Public structures
726 Buildings for religious purposes
727 Buildings for education and research
728 Residential and related buildings
729 Design and decoration
730 Plastic Arts - Sculpture
731 Processes, forms, subjects of sculpture
732 Sculpture to ca. 500 AD
733 Greek, Etruscan, Roman sculpture
734 Sculpture from ca. 500 to 1399 AD
735 Sculpture from 1400
736 Carving and carvings
737 Numismatics and sigillography
738 Ceramic arts
739 Art metalwork
740 Drawing and Decorative Arts
741 Drawing and drawings
742 Perspective
743 Drawing and drawings by subject
744 [unassigned]
745 Decorative arts
746 Textile arts
747 Interior decoration
748 Glass
749 Furniture and accessories
750 Painting and Paintings
751 Techniques, equipment, materials, forms
752 Color
753 Symbolism, allegory, mythology, legend
754 Genre paintings
755 Religion
756 [unassigned]
757 Human figures
758 Other subjects
759 Historical, geographic, persons treatment
760 Graphic Arts - Printmaking and Prints
761 Relief processes (Block printing)
762 [unassigned]
763 Lithographic (Planographic) processes
764 Chromolithography and serigraphy
765 Metal engraving
766 Mezzotinting, aquatinting, related processes
767 Etching and drypoint
768 [unassigned]
769 Prints
770 Photography and Photographs
771 Techniques, equipment, materials
772 Metallic salt processes
773 Pigment processes of printing
774 Holography
775-777 [unassigned]
778 Fields and kinds of photography
779 Photographs

Other Locations for Art Materials

In addition to resources in the Martin and Architecture reading rooms, art-related material may be found in several other locations. A book location guide is available here; library building maps may be found here.

Art books put on course reserve are temporarily held at the Main Circulation Desk. More information on course reserves is available here.

Some rare and/or fragile art materials are located in Special Collections, next door to the Art Library on the third floor of Deering.

Some titles with call numbers 701 (Philosophy of fine and decorative arts) and 711 (Area planning - civic art) are housed in the Main Library on Level 3 South.

The Main Library's Core Collection holds duplicate copies of many art books.

Current issues of art journals/periodicals are located in the Periodicals and Newspapers Reading Room in the Main Library.

Art and architecture videos and films are located in the Main Library's Mitchell Multimedia Center.

African art books, posters, and other visual materials are housed in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies in the Main Library.

Many art and architecture books are also stored in the library's high-density storage facility, the Oak Grove Library Center, in Waukegan, IL. Users may request these materials with a 24-hour turnaround period.